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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Mike Hosking: Time for some honesty over our Covid response

 

The Prime Minister has got to stop telling falsehoods. And if she insists on doing it, the media have got to start calling her out. 

In the midst of her ”you get nothing Auckland, so suck that up” spin yesterday, she referred to our world leading response and our world leading economy. 

It's crap, it's not world leading. Just a week ago, the global monitor of rankings on Covid response dropped us from 1st to 38th. 

It did so for very good and obvious reasons. We are locked down, our economy is haemorrhaging, and there is no targeted end in sight. 

The upside of yesterday's announcement was the vaccine mandate for certain workers. Why they took so long, Lord only knows, apart from the fact they take an age to do anything. 

But that aside, given that the numbers aren't dropping, haven't dropped, and won't go to zero, then I just don’t know what it is they are looking for to change anything in Auckland, short of the vaccine. 

The vaccine is the answer, but that in itself is the next issue. How many people do we need to get jabbed to get free? No idea. Jacinda Ardern suggested 90 percent first jab. We are about to hit that, does that still count or not? 

They're having a vaccine day this weekend. What result are they looking for? Who would know? And if we don't know, when is the end? And if they hit a wall of resistance, then what? Who would know. 

How many people need to lose their jobs and how many businesses need to fold before they offer a light? If the vaccine is the light, when do we hit that light? Once again, who would know. 

What an abject failure this is now proving to be. Auckland stuck, the economy stuck, and as a result of Auckland, the rest of the country is stuck as well. Even beginning to call that a world leading response is an insult to anyone who is remotely adult and has a brain. 

Last week was a cluster with their picnic in the park charade and conflicting toileting advice.  

This week? Nothing. 

The numbers haven't really moved for weeks, up a bit, and down a bit. Just how long do you reckon they can pull this con off before it really implodes? 

Mike Hosking is a New Zealand television and radio broadcaster. He currently hosts The Mike Hosking Breakfast show on NewstalkZB on weekday mornings.

5 comments:

DeeM said...

The government can keep pulling it off as long as the public puts up with it.
And the public seem to have a very long fuse, judging by the lack of any real outpouring of protest and anger. Kiwis in general do seem to be archetypal long-suffering, put-up-with-it types.
She'll be right!! Yeah right!

Terry Morrissey said...


“The Prime Minister has got to stop telling falsehoods. And if she insists on doing it, the media have got to start calling her out.”
In your dreams on both counts Mike. She should however remember that you need a good memory to be a good liar.
“The vaccine is the answer, but that in itself is the next issue.” It should have been completed months ago.
“They're having a vaccine day this weekend. What result are they looking for?”
Well Brian Tamaki is going to have a protest under the guise of a picnic which would be a contravention of his bail conditions. Remanded in custody? Please?
“Just how long do you reckon they can pull this con off before it really implodes?”
Just as long as the opposition lets them use it by being distracted and not concentrating on the other sleight of hand tricks the government employing.Plus asking some searching questions about democracy.

Unknown said...

While the inept government keeps funding the talking heads on TV1 and TV3 the general public will soak up the bullshit they are being fed. In Europe a govt leader had to resign over corruption charges recently : he used public money to buy good press stories favouring him. Funny how standards differ.

Anonymous said...

The only thing this government does in urgency is take away our democracy.

Anonymous said...

Lockdown is good for this government. It keeps the protests off thestreetand out of the public eye in turn that means the anti democratic He Puapua can be introduced in stealth...after all the Main Stream Media and TV1 & 2 in particular gave up investigative journalism for a share of the taxpayer gift they receive to promote the Treaty